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Restaurants, Pizza Loop
5 out of 5 stars
(2user reviews)
Photograph: Dimo Raychev Pizanos

Whether you're a fan of this pizza or you'd rather go with Lou Malnati's, one thing can't be denied: Pizano's is a major player in the deep-dish scene. (In the thin-crust scene? Not so much.)


Venue name: Pizano’s
Address: 61 E Madison St
Cross street: between Wabash Ave and Garland Ct
Opening hours: Lunch, dinner
Transport: El stop: Brown, Green, Orange, Pink, Purple (rush hrs) to Madison; Blue, Red to Monroe.
Price: Average pizza: $19
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4.5 / 5

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I love Pizano's!  It was the first place I was taken to dinner when I moved to Chicago last year. The State Street location is so cozy, so sports-memorabilia-filled, so (sometimes) loud and, let's face it: I am a sucker for any place that keeps their Christmas lights on year-round. The deep dish is delicious, but I had never had a butter crust pie before and it is my favorite. The crust is so perfect, crunchy, flaky.  I love it with sausage or pepperoni, but just a plain, oh-so-hot cheese pie is my favorite. They also have a great house salad and a good selection of wines and beer. This comprises pretty much one of my favorite meals: Wine, Salad and Pizza. Hello, Gorgeous...! p.s. I just finished writing this and now I am ordering a pie (they deliver, thank God! :)


A lot of people will look at their pizza (thin or deep) and definitely get the feeling that this is a cousin to Lou Malnati's. Same type of butter crust, but Pizano's has much more of a traditional pizza sauce compared to Lou's. Pizano's has multiple locations, but their newest is on Indiana and Cullerton which is directly across from DePaul's new Basketball arena by the McCormick Center. This place is huge! Much more of a sports bar feel and they are putting all their chips in on this new arena and the crowds that will be coming from it. I think if you're looking for a solid pizza, with good service and not have to wait in the long lines of the traditional pizza "hot spots" this is a great place to check out.